November 1, 2014

Tuesday Open Line

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  1. The entire community is concerned about the graduation rate here but haven’t heard much from the School Board, rarely do that I can recall. Should they be accountable for the statistics? What are their conclusions about the causes (the problems are the same everywhere but we pulled the lowest grad rate) and what, if anything, are they doing differently now to support the students who they have been elected to represent and make their public school experiance a better one?

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  2. elmwood said on:

    Great questions Dangy The school board should set goals for the system and the hold the administrators responsible for implementation .I do not know if there are any published goals for us in the community to examine.

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  3. prudence said on:

    In my opinion, the School System in Vance County has some excellent and dedicated teachers, the administrators are poor at best. Does anyone else out there feel that the landlords renting to non-productive but well able to work tenants are a huge part of the problem of disruptive students and those whose parent(s) are not involved in the education of their children?

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  4. Reading an article in the Dispatch that says the school board members are joining a lawsuit that will limit parental choice in where they can send their children to school: no tax credits for low income families if they want their child to attend private school. Every student must be a prisoner of the public school system and “public money” should not be taken for private schools. What is “public money” but the tax payers own dollars that have been taken from them by the government to be redistributed? The article in Tuesday’s Dispatch also mentions that the board solution for dealing with the low grad rate is to approve revisions to a new program called the Transition Academy, a new minimum credit diploma program. So just create a new program with lower standards and the rate will look better, got it.

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  5. Deception said on:

    Indeed Vance Co. Schools has some very good teachers but it has the WORST out of the 4 county area as far as School Boards. The 4-County area being Vance,Warren,Granville, and Franklin Counties. Have you ever had any “dealings” with any of the school board members? Unfortunately I have a friend who did and he left feeling….for lack of a better word….DISGUSTED.
    As any organization goes the Board is only as good/bad as it’s weakest link and with that being said; the last time I checked you have a notorious tax deadbeat in Emeron Cash still warming one of the School Board seats. Take 5 minutes(it’ll probably not take you that long) and try to have an educated discussion with this guy about some of VCS problems and you’ll see what I’m talking about. I hate to single him out b/c the others are nothing to be impressed with either. When you have a parent who e-mails all of the School Board Members with a very serious issue as well as the superintendent and the only response you receive comes from the superintendent it speaks volumes. Mr. Gregory works at the discretion of the Board….not the other way around. I have heard plenty of people say he is to blame but my buddy said he was a “stand up” guy and that he holds his underlings accountable. Problem is he can’t be everywhere……all the time and that leaves folks doing things “just to get by”.
    I am SO glad I don’t have kids in the public school system in Vance County b/c it doesn’t give them the quality programs and quality teachers that other private and public schools in the area offer. I would like to think I am getting them ahead of the curve and ready for adulthood by affording them the opportunity to get a sound/basic education w/o the b.s. that comes with the VCS. All schools have problems/issues but some just deal with them instead of constantly sweeping them under the rug. Sooner or later(like when test scores come out) the rug has to be lifted and you see the “mess”. I guess if 114th out of 114 doesn’t prove anything then enroll your child into one of the schools and see what you get!!

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